Painting Birds

©Doodles by LadyFox  11/28/2012

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This tutorial was done with PSP9   
but could be done with other versions.

All of my tutorials are written following the steps I used to make my graphic.   
It is my hope that you will take what I provide 
and do your own thing with it. 

 

YOU WILL NEED

Paint Shop Pro -  Download a trial version 

 

 

You need a bird shape done in layers.  I made mine using a Walter Foster Draw and Color book I purchased.  It is a how to draw book called "PETS"
This is not a drawing tutorial so I have provided the one I made for you to use.
 


 Hairy brushes  
Basic knowledge of brushes and layers  

Remember to SaveOften
STEPS - These are the steps I used.


Drag the arrow to mark your place

1.

Lets Begin

Open LF_cockatiel_layers 
Press Shift + D to open a duplicate of the image
Close the original
File/ Save As: LF_cockatiel_work.pspimage 

 I like turning off all layers except for colors 
Then I turn on the layers as I work on them.

2.

The Branch 

  Active layer: branch
Layers/ Properties
click the Lock transparency box

Dropper Tool [E]
Select the fourth brown 
Flood Fill Tool [F]
Click on the image to fill
Because we locked the transparency box any effect we apply will only be applied to the data on the layer not any transparent areas.  
This only works on Raster Layers

Dropper Tool [E]
Select the second brown as Foreground color
Select the third brown as Background color

Adjust/ Add/Remove Noise/ Add Noise
Uniform
Monochrome: Checked
Noise: 10%
OK

Paint Brush [B]
Brush Tip/ +Default
Shape: Round
Size: 10
Hardness: 15
Step: 25
Density:15
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
opacity: 70
Blend mode: Normal

Brush some of the lighter brown over the center of the branch
Brush come of the dark brown along the edges of the branch
Change brush size to: 5
Change Foreground Color: to the first brown
darken the edges a little more

Smudge Brush

Brush Tip/ hairy 001

Size: 5-25
Hardness: grayed out
Step: 5
Density:100
Thickness: grayed out
Rotation: 139
opacity: 100

Set brush size to: 10

Smudge using a sweeping "C" or a circular motion 
Brush on more color if needed and smudge some more

3. The Foot 
  Active Layer: foot
Turn on the view
Layers/ Properties
click the Lock transparency box

Dropper Tool [E]
Select the fourth orange 
Flood Fill Tool [F]
Click on the image 

Dropper Tool [E]
Select the first orange as Foreground color
Select the second orange as Background color

Adjust/ Add/Remove Noise/ Add Noise
Uniform
Monochrome: Checked
Noise: 10%
OK

Paint Brush [B]
Size at 5

Zoom in to about 250%
Brush on some color

Smudge Brush
Size at 5
Smudge the colors
4. The Body
   Active Layer: body
Turn on the view
Lock transparency

Dropper Tool [E]
Select the third gray
Flood Fill Tool [F]
Click on the image 

Dropper Tool [E]
Select the second gray as Foreground color
Select the first gray as Background color

Adjust/ Add/Remove Noise/ Add Noise
Uniform
Monochrome: Checked
Noise: 15%
OK

Paint Brush [B]

Brush Tip/ hairy 001

Size: 20
Hardness: grayed out
Step: 20
Density:100
Thickness: grayed out
Rotation: 78
opacity: 50

Blend mode: Normal

Paint on some shading
Darker at the edges and lighter in the middle

Smudge Brush
Smudge
The aim here is to smudge to resemble feathers
5. Keep Going 
  Repeat the steps for the remaining feather layers
1. select layer
2. turn on view
3. Lock transparency 
3. add noise
4. brush on color
5. smudge
6. save after each layer
 on some layers we want to smudge past the outline
Just turn the transparency back on and smudge those areas.
example: the top of the tail feathers and top of the back

6. Wing Detail
  Active layer: wing detail

This layer unlock transparency before smudging
7. White Areas 
  Active layer: white
This layer just
Lock transparency
Add Noise
Add Noise again
Smudge
8. Eyeball
  Active Layer: eyeball

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Inner Bevel
Bevel: #2
Width: 10
Smoothness: 24
Depth: 11
Ambience: 15
Shininess: 74
Color: white
Angle: 320
Intensity: 19
Elevation: 40
OK 
9. Yellow Areas 
  Active Layer: yellow
Turn on view
Lock Transparency
Flood fill with yellow
Add Noise: 10%
Use the first two oranges to shade

Paint Brush [B]
Brush Tip/ +Default
Shape: Round
Size: 5
Hardness: 15
Step: 25
Density:15
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
opacity: 70
Blend mode: Normal

Smudge
10. Yellow Detail 
  Active Layer: yellow detail

Turn on view
Lock Transparency
Flood fill with the first orange
Add Noise: 10%
Unlock Transparency

Smudge Brush
Change Size to: 10
Smudge slightly
11. Orange Spot
Active layer: orange

Turn on view
Lock Transparency
Flood fill with the first orange
Add Noise: 10%
Unlock Transparency
Smudge pulling the color out slightly
12. Beak
Active layer: beak
Turn on view
Lock Transparency
Flood fill with the last orange
Add Noise: 10%

Shade using the first two oranges

Smudge

Active layer: beak details
Turn on view
Add Noise: 10%

Smudge pulling the color out slightly
13. Finishing Up
  I decided I wanted a little more detail
Active layer: wings
Unlock Transparency

Effects/ 3D Effects/ Drop Shadow
Offsets: both 0
Opacity: 50
Blur: 5
color: Black
Shadow on new layer: Checked
OK

Eraser Tool [X]
Size 12
Hardness: 100
Step: 25
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100

Erase the shadow from the top of the wings and around the outer part of the body

Adjust/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur
Radius: 5.00
OK
Layers/ Properties
Change Opacity to 60

I repeated the shadow process on these layers
Lower wing
back
tail feather 3
and tail feather 2

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and find the techniques in painting other birds

 

©Doodles by LadyFox  11/28/2012

If you have any questions or need help,  feel free to email me LadyFox

 

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